OzLeads: Leadership Institute

Established in 2015, OzLeads is a year-long leadership institute that helps students realize their leadership potential through a series of workshops, skill based training sessions and keynote talks.  A small cohort of SUNY Oswego students is ushered through the experience by a dedicated team of faculty and staff mentors, that provide both one-on-one coaching and small group activities geared toward leadership development.  

Program Structure

OzLeads is a year-long experience that kicks off each fall with a multi-day off campus leadership retreat.  During this time members of the cohort will be introduced to leadership concepts, skills and principles that will guide their involvement throughout the academic year.  Following the retreat, cohort members participate in 12 hour monthly workshops that delve deeper into the concepts introduced at the retreat, which include but are not limited to ethical decision making, group dynamics, inclusiveness and diversity, communication, and effecting change.  Workshops will often host a feature speaker to help our cohort create real world meaning and applicability to the skills and lessons infused into the institute.  

Program Benefits

  • Attendance at an off campus, multi-day retreat
  •  Gain access to alumni, staff, professionals and faculty
  • Attend VIP networking sessions with Nationally renowned Keynote Speakers
  • Receive a certificate of completion and notation of your program completion on your Laker Life transcript

A Thank You to Our Generous Benefactor

OzLeads is made possible by the generosity of alumnus William Spinelli '84, who established the fund that supports the institute.  Mr. Spinelli is Founder and Chairman of Titan Custom Homes in Naples, Florida. Titan Custom Homes has been responsible for the construction, management and development of more than 1,000 homes in quality neighborhoods throughout Southwest Florida since 1992 and has been awarded many prestigious awards and distinctions from the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA).  He holds a BS in Accounting, was a Student Association Officer and has served on the Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors since 2002, most recently as Chair.  In addition to the establishment of the Oz Leads program, Bill has been a steadfast and generous supporter of many campus initiatives, including the School of Business and Possibility Scholars.

For More Information

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 315-312-5483 or deanofstudents@oswego.edu